County commissioners are the county's key policymakers. They oversee the administration of the county, set county budget, and participate in county long-range planning. County services that they oversee include a wide variety of social service and welfare programs, as well as certain public health programs. Learn more about the day in the life of a county commissioner in this video from the Association of Minnesota Counties.
Public safety (of special concern in Blue Earth County of late are drug related fatalities) public works (roads, bridges, parks) and another current issue is whether to repair or remove the Rapidan Dam.
One way to help keep housing affordable is to have low residential property taxes. We also need to provide low-income housing, without becoming a magnate for low-income people from throughout the country.
The August 23, 2022 issue issue of the St. Cloud Times reports that "Minnesota has consistently had the highest voter turnout in the United States." Some states have passed laws more recently that may put Minnesota in the middle of the pack for voter turnout in the future, but it is up to the state legislature, not county commissioners, to consider changes in voter laws. The county's role is administering elections. The county must ensure voting is efficient, secure, and without intimidation.
Drug deaths and suicides. When I was county attorney my office participated in establishing a Drug Court for Blue Earth County. I was on a committee established by the school district administrator years ago when cluster suicides among youth was a concern. Recent youth suicides demonstrate that more actions need be taken now to have early identification and treatment for youth in crisis.
Public safety and infrastructure (roads and bridges).
1. Strive to keep our property taxes as low as possible while maintaining all our essential County services--a difficult balance.
2. Listen to constituents' concerns and act upon them in a prompt and responsible way in order to deliver BEC services.
3. Deliver essential County services in the most affective and efficient way based on my number two answer.
I have been on the Board for Partners for Housing for 14 years. During this time, I have participated in numerous fundraisers to help this cause (i.e. Pedal Pass Poverty). As a County Commissioner, I firmly believe that Board Members need to be fully engaged in Board Committee activities so they can experience the needs. Blue Earth County
Housing Rehabilitation Agency and the Mankato HRA strive to increase affordable housing in Blue Earth County and City of Mankato.
Our County has strived to insure that we have hired the best individuals to lead this cause. Our employees adhere to all state laws and extensively train election officials in all aspects of election laws. I firmly believe that every legal vote is essential to our democracy.
Lack of facilities for treatment of mental health and low hospital reimbursable rates are problems that need to be addressed in the mental health area. We need to lobby the State Legislature for more resources to handle this growing problem.
The shortage of child day care facilities is another area needing more resources. Blue Earth County has a Small Cities Forgivable Loan program that helps encourage more child daycare centers in greater Blue Earth County to start up and thrive.
Would certainly try to lessen the cuts all around, but in particular would protect Public Safety and Human Services programs such as child protection programs.